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Using data for equitable climate action

The Community of Practice (CP) supports community-based leaders and city staff using the GEM platform who are committed to learning more about how data and mapping can advance climate equity and environmental justice goals.


Monthly workshops, network building, and resource sharing help users learn from each other and build productive relationships between communities most negatively impacted by climate change and city governments.

Through peer consultancy, leadership, and participation, Community of Practice members develop skills and troubleshoot challenges creating solutions for racially equitable climate action.

GEM Process Guide: For Cities and Communities Developing Shared Analysis of Equity Maps

Collaboration between local government and communities impacted by inequities are key to transformative climate and equity outcomes. Cities that invest in community partnerships and participatory planning have a greater capacity for practical climate solutions than cities where partnerships do not exist. To prepare for and address the impacts of the climate crisis, city staff and leaders from frontline communities must build strong working relationships.


Upright Consulting Services convened a national team of practitioners to develop the GEM Process Guide which should be used together with the equity maps. The national team of practitioners came from an extensive background in city government, community organizing, participatory action research, energy efficiency policy, and facilitation. 


Rosa Gonzalez (Facilitating Power) led the creation of the Process Guide for cities to work with communities by developing a shared analysis of equity maps. Download the guide to learn more about how it supports city staff in collaborating with community organizers to implement inclusive processes and programs based on the equity data produced by GEM.


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Join the Conversation: Climate Action & Sustainable Development Plans
Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Director of Community Initiatives, Greenlink Analytics
Samantha Houck, Community Program Manager, Greenlink Analytics
May 30, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

Let’s talk about climate action and sustainable development plans May 30, 2024 at 1pm EST/10am PST! Many cities and communities are in the process of developing and implementing plans to reduce carbon emissions while centering equity throughout the process. It’s not easy or simple work, but you are not alone. That’s why we’re handing YOU the microphone! It’s a meeting of the minds to share successes and challenges, and ask each other questions.

This workshop will follow up on April’s community of practice about Richmond’s Climate Equity Action Plan, which featured Dawn Oleksy and Matt Cox. They discussed the importance of trust building, prioritizing community voices, and how good data helps demonstrate how climate plans can address community needs.

Angelica Chavez- Duckworth, Director of Community Initiatives, and Samantha Houck, Community Program Manager, will lead this follow-up discussion. The workshop will host break out rooms to enable smaller group discussions, followed by a short debrief afterwards. Here are some of the questions we’ll be discussing:

How far along are you in your climate or sustainable development action planning?
Which parts of the plan are proving to be effective?
Which parts are challenging, troublesome or not going according to plan?
Does your state currently have policies and infrastructure in place to support the plan? If so, what are these? Are there possible changes on the horizon that could impact the work?
Have you engaged with local government officials, community based organizations, or communities during the process?
What data or resources have supported the work?

Looking forward to seeing you on May 30th!

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Meeting Archives

A Case Study of Richmond’s Climate Equity Action Plan
April 18, 2024

Dawn Oleksy, Energy Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Richmond, VA
Matt Cox, PhD, CEO and Founder, Greenlink Analytics

Join Greenlink for a webinar on the development of City of #Richmond’s, “RVAgreen 2050: Climate Equity Action Plan 2030,” a roadmap for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and helping the community adapt to climate change. The session is led by Dawn Oleksy, Energy Program Manager for Richmond’s Office of Sustainability, and Greenlink Analytics’ CEO Matt Cox.

Our speakers touch on many aspects of making Richmond’s Plan, including the procedures, relationship building with community and organizations, and data tools for accurate baselines and energy projections. The webinar is a good fit for any organization or city that’s in the process of creating their own climate or sustainability plan.

There will be a follow up workshop in May 2024 to network and dive deeper into the topic.

Clean Energy Jobs Calculator Workshop
December 7, 2023

Angelica "Jellie" Chavez Duckworth
Etan Gumerman
Kavin Manickaraj

Join GreenlinkAnalytics for a sneak peek at the new Clean Energy Jobs Calculator and how our remote teams—Equity, Analysis, and Data Science—work together!

GreenlinkOrg's latest tool analyzes Community-level data to identify the impact of clean energy investments on local industries and job creation, indicating which job titles, occupations, and skills may benefit most.

In this workshop we highlight the work streams and roles of our different teams in developing tools to create resources available for communities. We will also discuss how the work of our various teams ties together on the Clean Energy Jobs Calculator.

Workshopping Strategies for Community-City Collaboration
March 21, 2024

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, Greenlink Analytics
Samantha Houck, Greenlink Analytics

Join Greenlink for a workshop on building Collaboration between cities and Communities.

Cities across the United States have expressed the need for Data-Driven Equity insights to inform Climate and Sustainability strategies. Governments are requiring the inclusion of Community Engagement in the development of new programs and policies. Master facilitator and Founder of Facilitating Power Rosa González, lead the development of Greenlink’s Process Guide for City-Community Collaboration as a step-by-step handbook to help ensure just outcomes.

Join the session to strategize and experiment with Greenlink’s Community Team, using Process Guide activities to advance more data-backed, equity-driven procedures that impact climate change and social, environmental, and economic inequalities in your neighborhood.

Using Equity Mapping in Canvassing
October 26, 2023

Adrienne Rice, Sustainable Georgia Futures
Ty Wilson, Sustainable Georgia Futures
Angelica "Jellie" Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics

Join the GreenlinkAnalytics Equity Team and Sustainable Georgia Futures for the October 2023 Community of Practice Workshop on how to use data for canvassing. Data is a critical tool that can help us identify where to prioritize our time organizing communities around environmental justice initiatives.

This workshop explores an example from the City of Atlanta’s WeatheRISE Program. Guest speakers, Adrienne Rice and Ty Wilson with Sustainable Georgia Futures, alongside Greenlink Analytics’ Angelica (Jellie) Duckworth, will share how they’re using equity mapping to increase energy efficiency in Atlanta’s most energy-burdened neighborhoods. Join us to learn how to use GEM (and other data tools) for canvassing.

Understanding and Mapping Transportation Burden
February 22, 2024

Peter Haas, Chief Analyst, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Karen Apple, Electric Vehicle Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Phoenix, AZ

Join Greenlink for an informational session on our new Equity Map indicator: Transportation Burden. This workshop is led by special guests and community partners: Peter Hass, Chief Analyst at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT -, and Karen Apple, Electric Vehicle Program Manager with the City of Phoenix’s ( Office of Sustainability.

CNT guides us behind the development of the transportation burden indicators and maps, and Karen will walk us through the application of transportation data as it relates to her work in electrifying vehicles in Arizona.

Data Literacy & Accessibility: How to Translate Data into Stories - Community of Practice
September 21, 2023

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, Greenlink Analytics
Daniel Wagner, Greenlink Analytics
Samantha Houck, Greenlink Analytics

Join the #GreenlinkAnalytics #Equity Team for the September 2023 Community Of Practice Workshop about translating data into stories. Stories are an influential form of communication. Stories are the way we create meaning and gain understanding about the world around us.


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